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National Foot Health Awareness Month – April 2023

National Foot Health Awareness Month is observed in April to raise critical awareness regarding our foot health. It is the initiative of the American Podiatric Medical Association (A.P.M.A.). Although our feet enable us to see the world and stand tall on our own, it is somehow one of the most frequently ignored parts of our anatomy. From wearing good shoes to getting regular care, the holiday promotes the general well-being of our feet.

History of National Foot Health Awareness Month

April is National Foot Health Awareness Month and a reminder that we should take due care of our feet. Did you know that approximately 20% of Americans experience problems with at least one foot each year? Despite feet being an integral part of our body, foot pain, soreness, and ulcers are some of the last things to be referred to a physician. The American Podiatric Medical Association (A.P.M.A.) aims to change this and since its inception in 1912, it has been dedicated to raising awareness about the various aspects of foot health, with a sharp focus on how we can ensure maximum support for our sensitive feet.

Nearly 80% of all podiatrists in the U.S. are affiliated with the A.P.M.A.; the association cites peer-reviewed leading research studies and publishes case reports, clinical correspondence, book reviews, and special communications in all fields of podiatric science through its official journal. To mark this annual dedication, the A.P.M.A. shares beneficial tips on how to provide the best possible care for your feet.

Understanding the value of healthy feet is essential. It’s important to check them regularly for abnormalities such as sores, cuts, or infections. This April, pledge to keep your feet happy and healthy as part of your daily routine. After inspection, it is recommended that you wash your feet with warm water. At the end of a long day, it is a good idea to wash your legs and apply fast-absorbing lotion on the top and undersides of your feet before you climb into bed. Other advice includes regular nail trimming, wearing socks with shoes, and avoiding wearing high heels for longer than four hours at a stretch.

National Foot Health Awareness Month timeline

1907
The Journal

The ‘Journal of the American Podiatric Medical Association’ is founded to share leading research in podiatric science.

1911
Educational Strides

The New York College of Podiatric Medicine becomes the first podiatric medical school in the U.S.

1912
The Feet Nation

The National Association of Chiropodists is established in Bethesda, Maryland.

1984
Evolution and Societies

The National Association of Chiropodists changes its name to the American Podiatric Medical Association.

National Foot Health Awareness Month FAQs

Are smelly feet normal?

Yes. There is a multitude of bacteria that reside on our feet and feed off our sweat. During periods of prolonged lack of ventilation, the bacteria consume the sweat and create an acid that creates a foul odor.

How can I improve my foot health?

Being mindful of your feet, keeping them clean and fresh through a daily wash and moisturization, and wearing socks with shoes are some of the ways to improve your foot health.

What are the most commonly occurring foot problems?

Bunions, ingrown toenails, athlete’s foot, blisters, and heel spurs are some of the most commonly occurring foot problems.

How to Observe National Foot Health Awareness Month

  1. Examine your feet

    Unfortunately, many glaring issues go unnoticed because our feet aren’t exactly scrutinized at all hours of the day. Before a molehill turns into a mountain, give your feet a proper inspection every once in a while. A pro tip: minor cuts or wounds on your feet can be cleaned with rubbing alcohol or astringent.

  2. Go shoe shopping

    Mark National Foot Health Awareness Month by treating yourself to a brand new pair of shoes that fit well and feel comfortable. Remember, you are usually either in your bed or in your shoes — it pays to invest in both.

  3. Establish a healthy routine

    Getting your daily steps or scheduling regular workouts are some of the best ways to keep the blood circulating all the way to your feet. With the modern-day, car-desk-couch culture, it is essential to let the southern parts of your anatomy feel noticed and cherished with fresh pumping blood every day.

5 Easy Ways To Take Proper Care Of Your Feet

  1. Always pat them dry

    Pat dry any residual dampness on your feet with a towel.

  2. Wear the right shoes

    Avoid wearing ill-fitting shoes that are either too tight or too loose.

  3. Check for stiffness

    Be aware of arthritis-related stiffness or any other sudden changes in your feet.

  4. Support the arch

    Wear comfortable shoes that support the natural arch of your foot.

  5. Exam o’clock

    Check your feet regularly and get an annual checkup from a podiatric doctor.

Why National Foot Health Awareness Month is Important

  1. Every step matters

    On National Foot Health Awareness Day, we get a chance to pay our feet the attention they deserve. It is estimated an average American takes nearly 5,000—7,000 steps each day. That’s equal to 2.5 miles/day.

  2. It encourages proper care

    Nobody likes regular visits to the doctor’s office. Thankfully, building a practical self-care system for feet can help us in avoiding it. We hardly think of indulging in vanity when it comes to our feet. But a fresh manicure, trimmed nails, and a clean, scrape-free sole go a long way.

  3. We love our feet

    Your feet are pretty awesome. Split into three sections, the forefoot, midfoot, and hindfoot work in precise unison to take you from one place to the other. We mark the month of April by expressing our gratitude to every ligament, bone, and muscle of our feet, and pledge to treat them with utmost care.

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